Scene by Scene: SKYFALL Pt V – ‘New Digs’

As we close in on No Time to Die, and the final Daniel Craig-era James Bond movie, I’m going to take a scene by scene look back in the next couple of months at Sam Mendes’ 2012 Bond mega hit, Skyfall… War remains a key part of the British psyche. ‘The War’ is becoming less of aContinue reading “Scene by Scene: SKYFALL Pt V – ‘New Digs’”

Scene by Scene: SKYFALL Pt III – ‘Retirement Planning’

As we close in on No Time to Die, and the final Daniel Craig-era James Bond movie, I’m going to take a scene by scene look back in the next couple of months at Sam Mendes’ 2012 Bond mega hit, Skyfall… After the thrill ride of the pre-titles sequence and the subsequent barrage of avant garde imageryContinue reading “Scene by Scene: SKYFALL Pt III – ‘Retirement Planning’”

Scene by Scene: SKYFALL Pt II – ‘Let the Sky Fall’

As we close in on No Time to Die, and the final Daniel Craig-era James Bond movie, I’m going to take a scene by scene look back in the next couple of months at Sam Mendes’ 2012 Bond mega hit, Skyfall… What’s your favourite James Bond credits sequence? If your answer is Skyfall, it would be nothingContinue reading “Scene by Scene: SKYFALL Pt II – ‘Let the Sky Fall’”

Scene by Scene: SKYFALL Pt I – ‘Take the Bloody Shot!’

As we close in on No Time to Die, and the final Daniel Craig-era James Bond movie, I’m going to take a scene by scene look back in the next couple of months at Sam Mendes’ 2012 Bond mega hit, Skyfall… The opening shot of Skyfall feels like a reintroduction to James Bond, which is perhaps appropriateContinue reading “Scene by Scene: SKYFALL Pt I – ‘Take the Bloody Shot!’”

SPECTRE suggests James Bond’s ‘team-ethic’ future

Looking back at Spectre, 2015’s unfairly maligned James Bond film, it becomes apparent just how much of 007’s future may lie around a team ethic. Historically, Bond was, of course, a lone wolf, certainly in Ian Fleming’s source novels and particularly in the film adaptations produced by Eon from 1962 onwards. Fleming describes Bond’s generalContinue reading “SPECTRE suggests James Bond’s ‘team-ethic’ future”

From the Vault #23: SKYFALL (2012)

From 2012 onwards, before developing this blog, I wrote a multitude of reviews on the website Letterboxd. In this irregular series called From the Vault, I’m going to haul these earlier reviews out of mothballs and re-purpose them here. This one, timed as Sam Mendes’ 1917 arrives in cinemas, is from March 23rd, 2014… ForContinue reading “From the Vault #23: SKYFALL (2012)”

2020: 12 Movies to Get Excited About

As we close out 2019, it’s time to put together a few Top 10 lists based on my key entertainment passions – film, TV and film scores. I’m taking a little swerve with this final list to look ahead and think about what films we have coming up in 2020, and why I’m excited aboutContinue reading “2020: 12 Movies to Get Excited About”

2019 Top 10: Movies

As we close out 2019, it’s time to put together a few Top 10 lists based on my key entertainment passions – film, TV and film scores. I’ve gone back and forth on decade lists but I suspect I’m just going to keep to 2019 releases on the blog, and maybe do something more withContinue reading “2019 Top 10: Movies”

HIS DARK MATERIALS: a slick adaptation lacking in magic (Season 1 – Review)

Until the BBC, in league with HBO, decided to tackle Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, it remained one of the greatest, unfilmed epic adventure stories in modern literature. There was, granted, an attempt in 2007 with The Golden Compass, directed by Chris Weitz, but despite starring Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig and a host ofContinue reading “HIS DARK MATERIALS: a slick adaptation lacking in magic (Season 1 – Review)”

Book Review: THUNDERBOOK (John Rain)

What is there left to say about James Bond 007? The world’s most legendary spy has been written about for almost sixty years since Ian Fleming’s 1950’s/60’s novels exploded onto the cinema screen in 1962’s Dr. No, analysing every facet of the character’s escapades, his place in the wider scope of history, through to theContinue reading “Book Review: THUNDERBOOK (John Rain)”